Young women who were incarcerated as youth are among the panelists in a nationwide public forum on evidence-based alternatives to incarcerating girls. The event, which takes place Thursday, May 27, from 12 noon to 1:30 pm ET., is part of a virtual series, On the Road to Unlocked!: Investing in Our Children and Communities, presented and sponsored by The Social Justice Initiative at Bryn Mawr College (SJI)  and Youth Advocate Programs (YAP), Inc. The National Human Services Assembly (NHSA) is a co-sponsor of the series.

The May 27th panelists’ life- and work experiences will help illuminate how community and in-home family services provide youth justice alternatives that address complex challenges facing girls.

The event will be moderated by Camille R. Quinn, PhD, Assistant Professor at The Ohio State University’s College of Social Work, a youth justice expert with more than fifteen years’ experience as a social and health services clinician and administrator. Panelists include Alyssa Beck, a member of the staff at the Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center, Desiree Victor, a Site Director at the Young Women's Freedom Center (YWFC), and Zaneyah, a participant in Youth Advocate Programs (YAP), Inc. Essex County, New Jersey Community Re-Integration Services program.